Submissions/Are bloggers journalists?

From Wikimania 2014 • London, United Kingdom

After careful consideration, the Programme Committee has decided not to accept the below submission at this time. Thank you to the author(s) for participating in the Wikimania 2014 programme submission, we hope to still see you at Wikimania this August.

Submission no. 8501
Title of the submission

Are wikipedians bloggers or journalists?

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According to a journalist collects, writes, and distributes news and other information. A reporter is a type of journalist who researches, writes, and reports information to present in sources, conduct interviews, engage in research, and make reports. The information-gathering part of a journalist's job is sometimes called reporting, in contrast to the production part of the job such as writing articles. Reporters may split their time between working in a newsroom and going out to witness events or interview people. Reporters may be assigned a specific beat or area of coverage. Depending on the context, the term journalist may include various types of editors, editorial writers, columnists, and visual journalists, such as photojournalists.

On the other side bloggers and those communities – the blogosphere – representing the whole world of topics, from travel to politics. Some of them, like The Huffington Post or The Caucus (News and Political blogs), Racked, The Cut, and Fashionista (Fashion blogs) also became their own larger than life sub-community following the explosive growth of the blogosphere. Bloggers like Scott Schuman (The Sartorialist), Tommy Ton (Jak and Jil), Jane Aldridge (Sea of Shoes), Bryan Grey-Yambao (Bryanboy), and Tavi Gevinson (Style Rookie) are all among a not-so-select group of fashion bloggers who now consider updating their blog a full-time job.

But bloggers are still not accepted by governmental institutions, at commercial fairs, scientific conferences or bigger public events like sports competitions. They have to be journalists and hold a press card to be able to get access and be accredited. Still members of the Wikipedia community needs an official inquiry from their chapter for taking photos or writing articles. The situation needs a new vision and position. Let us talk about proper strategies to change this situation.

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